Orphan X

Orphan X

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*** Can't get enough of Orphan X? Don't miss Gregg Hurwitz's sequel, The Nowhere Man available now ***'OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY'Lee Child***'Do you need my help?'It was the first question he asked. They called him when they had nowhere else to turn.As a boy Evan Smoak was taken from an orphanage.Raised and trained in a top secret programme, he was sent to bad places to do things the government denied ever happened.Then he broke with the programme, using what he'd learned to vanish. Now he helps the desperate and deserving.But someone's on his trail. Someone who knows his past and believes that the boy once known as Orphan X must die . . . ***Praise for Orphan X:'Read this book. You will thank me later'DAVID BALDACCI'The page-turner of the season is Orphan X . . . Wonderful'THE TIMES'The most gripping thriller I've read in a long, long time!' TESS GERRITSEN'Memorable as hell'JAMES PATTERSON'The most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity' ROBERT CRAIS'A page-turning masterpiece' JONATHAN KELLERMAN'A new series character to rival Reacher'INDEPENDENT'A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series' DAILY MAIL'There is a pristine classicism to Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X, which borrows from Robert Ludlum and superhero lore to bring us Evan Smoak . . . Orphan X is tight and tense in all the right places . . . Orphan X is weapons-grade thriller-writing from a modern master.' GUARDIAN'Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense' HARLAN COBEN'Orphan X is not good. Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense - Orphan X has it'SIMON TOYNE'Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher'LISA GARDNER'Bond, Frodo, Paddington Bear - some of literature's greatest heroes have been orphans. Add Orphan X's Evan Smoak to the list'SHORTLIST'Orphan X is outstanding . . . a smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller'WASHINGTON POST'Bestseller Hurwitz melds non-stop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener . . . Evan Smoak is an electrifying character'PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY'A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series'ASSOCIATED PRESSshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 29mm | 330g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405910704
  • 9781405910705
  • 2,585

About Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man, the first Evan Smoak novels. He is also the author of You're Next, The Survivor, Tell No Lies and Don't Look Back. A graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities, he lives with his family in LA, where he also writes for the screen, TV and comics, including Wolverine and Batman.gregghurwitz.netfacebook.com/gregghurwitzreaders@GreggHurwitzshow more

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Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later -- David Baldacci Orphan X is the most gripping, high-octane thriller I've read in a long, long time! -- Tess Gerritsen Memorable as hell -- James Patterson The page-turner of the season is Orphan X . . . Wonderful * Times * Orphan X is his best yet - a real celebration of all the strengths Gregg Hurwitz brings to a thriller -- Lee Child Orphan X is the most exciting thriller I've read since The Bourne Identity ... A new thriller superstar is born! -- Robert Crais Orphan X is most exciting new series character since Jack Reacher. A page-turning masterpiece of suspense -- Jonathan Kellerman A new series character to rival Reacher . . . anyone reading Orphan X won't be surprised that a cadre of peers, from Tess Gerritsen to Lee Child, have lined up to praise it * Independent * A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series * Daily Mail * 'There is a pristine classicism to Gregg Hurwitz's Orphan X, which borrows from Robert Ludlum and superhero lore to bring us Evan Smoak, adopted as a child by a shadowy figure called Jack and trained to be an assassin as part of a secret US government scheme. When the Orphan programme (as it is known) is disbanded, Evan moves to California and devotes himself to good works - taking out a slum-landlord paedophile cop, for example, after his victim calls Evan's special number. However, his meticulously compartmentalised life makes him vulnerable . . . Orphan X is tight and tense in all the right places. But it wouldn't work half as well if we didn't feel Evan's pain and share his panic as the worst-case scenario unfolds: another former Orphan, with a less noble agenda, seems to be hunting him. Orphan X is weapons-grade thriller-writing from a modern master * Guardian * Pure nail-biting stay-up-all-night suspense -- Harlan Coben Orphan X is not good. Orphan X is great. Whatever you like best in a thriller - action, plot, character, suspense - Orphan X has it -- Simon Toyne Mind blowing! A perfect mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher -- Lisa Gardner Bond, Frodo, Paddington Bear - some of literature's greatest heroes have been orphans. Add Orphan X's Evan Smoak to the list * Shortlist * In terms of plot, characters, suspense and innovation, Orphan X is outstanding . . . I've always thought that one reason for Tom Clancy's success was the endless detail he provided about military hardware, and that the James Bond novels benefited from the loving attention Ian Fleming devoted to the martinis, expensive cars and gorgeous women he so admired. Hurwitz outdoes both writers . . . Orphan X is a smart, stylish, state-of-the-art thriller. It's also the start of a series, one that might give Lee Child's Jack Reacher books a run for their money * WASHINGTON POST * Bestseller Hurwitz melds non-stop action and high-tech gadgetry with an acute character study in this excellent series opener . . . Evan Smoak is an electrifying character * Publishers Weekly * A masterpiece of suspense and thrills . . . Turn off the real world and dive into this amazing start to a new series * Associated Press *show more

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Orphan X blows the doors off most thrillers I've read and catapults the readers on a cat-and-mouse that feels like a missile launch. Read this book. You will thank me later David Baldaccishow more

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12,071 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 36% (4,298)
4 42% (5,130)
3 17% (2,050)
2 4% (439)
1 1% (154)
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